2012 Detroit Auto Show: Lincoln MKZ Concept

By Carl Malek

Lincoln chose to kick off day two of the 2012 North American International Auto Show by unveiling this MKZ concept car which appears to be a slightly disguised glimpse into what the production version of the next generation MKZ sedan could  very well look like.

Ford’s sole surviving luxury marque has a lot riding on the shoulders of this concept, and the next generation MKZ could very well perhaps be Lincoln’s most important new product release in the brand’s history.  Ford executives also promised that the new MKZ will finally offer true distinction between it and its more mainstream stablemate, the 2013 Ford Fusion sedan. It was this lack of differentiation and unique identity that was always a key complaint for the previous two iterations of the car. To find out if Ford designers did indeed succeed in this mission, lets take a closer look at the MKZ concept.

The exterior styling of the MKZ concept does feature some lines and fine details that will most likely not  be on the final production spec version of the MKZ.  But for the most part, the overall look and shape of the car does appear to be a conceivable and distinct shape when compared to the Ford Fusion. One feature that stands out in particular is the full canopy glass roof, which would give the MKZ a way to stand out against its Blue Oval-badged sibling if it makes it into the production car. Other exterior touches are the unique angles in the corners of the vehicle that do their part to give the MKZ even more distinction.

This theme of distinct cues and unique touches continues into the interior of the concept, which may appear similar to the Ford Fusion’s cabin, but Lincoln designers have appeared to have gone for a different layout that is more upscale and is made using higher quality materials. However, the most important aspect of the interior is that it is distinct – especially when looking at the way the center console and instrument panel are laid out inside the cabin. Other interior features include the addition of advanced safety and communications equipment which is all controlled from a 10.1 inch TFT  screen.

No information regarding potential powertrain offering was released when the MKZ concept car was unveiled, but expect the car to most likely come to market with the same powerplants found in the 2013 Fusion, with more details possibly coming as soon as the New York Auto Show.

 

Author: Carl Malek

Carl Malek is Autosavant’s resident German car fanatic and follower of all things General Motors. Carl first entered the world of automotive journalism as a freelance photographer during his freshman year of college before making the switch to automotive writing several years later. Carl developed an interest in cars at an early age, which helped him overcome the challenges of a learning disability in mathematics. In addition to writing for Autosavant community, Carl also contributes to many car forums and enjoys attending automotive events in the Metro Detroit area with his family. Carl’s message for others with learning disorders is to believe in yourself, be persistent, and face all challenges head on.

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3 Comments

  1. But will it be too little, too late? Ford has waited a long time to make Lincoln different and has lost a lot of buyers in that period. Is Lincoln the American version of Acura?

  2. Like it better than the last version..but rwd is needed!

    For $40,000+ no reason Ford cannot afford to put rear wheel drive on Lincolns!

  3. My main problem is that I see this as an MKR.2
    yet think the 5 year old MKR.1 is better.

    2nd problem is the horizontal slat grille looks like a RIBCAGE to me.

    …really want to chop a new grille and cleaner hood:
    CARL, do you have a larger version of that front-quarter shot?

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